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Testing by the pandemic

27 May 2021

Salikhov Marcel R. President, Principal Director on Economic Studies, Head of the Economic Department

Marcel Salikhov, Director of the Center for Economic Expertise of the Higher School of Economics, commented to Rossiyskaya Gazeta on the results of studying the effectiveness of measures to combat the pandemic in 19 large cities.

The Russian capital has become one of the leaders among 19 world megacities in terms of the effectiveness of the city authorities' fight against the pandemic - the city was helped by a developed healthcare system, low unemployment, a stable budget, and extensive business support. Such data follow from a study by the Center for Economic Expertise of the Institute of State and Municipal Administration of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

“Along with Moscow, Asian megacities have the best indicators - apart from Singapore, these are Shanghai, Seoul and Beijing, which are also in the top 5,” the author of the study, director of the HSE Center for Economic Expertise Marcel Salikhov comments. The national economies of the Asia-Pacific region as a whole suffered less losses compared to Europe and North America. These cities have also been able to put in place effective contact tracing, testing and pinpoint quarantine systems to help maintain disease control and reduce health damage."

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